One of my greatest inspirations to dig our foreshore are the activities of the London mudlark society and the many discoveries the society has made over the years. This video which I posted from Youtube really does highlight how the whole thing works and how knowledge can be built up by experience. I am particularly interested in the make up of the ground in which they dig because there is a striking similarity to the layers of silt buried deep in Margate Harbour. As we are all aware Margate Harbour has been silting up more and more each year in living memory which can make such discoveries very difficult. However, over the years there have been occasions when for some unknown reason it has been possible to make such discoveries in the Harbour and in the bay itself, dating from the late 1600's to the Victorian period.
I have built up a small collection and a knowledge base from the area, but that is nothing to compare to what lies buried beneath the sand waiting to be discovered. I constantly live with the agony of knowing where things are buried but I cannot get at them. However this video does serve as a little taster of what lies buried should the sand in Margate Harbour was to drop by three metres.